The World Boxing Council (WBC) has directed four-division world champion Nonito Donaire Jr. to defend his title against invincible interim world champion and fellow Filipino Reymart Gaballo.
It’s the Filipino Flash vs. an undefeated AssassinFans of Philippine boxing would be very excited and expectant of these upcoming fights.
It was announced on Twitter earlier by the World Boxing Council that they call for Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr. shall fight to secure his WBC world bantamweight title against utterly dominant interim world champion and fellow Filipino Reymart "Assassin" Gaballo.
There are also four mandatory fights left for the year, including Boholano Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo taking on WBC world featherweight champion Garry Russell Jr. (see separate story), Joseph Diaz taking on WBC interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia, and Eduardo Ramirez taking on WBC interim lightweight champion Lerato Dlamini (WBC featherweight final elimination).
However, the World Boxing Council has yet to agree on a compelling battle schedule for Donaire vs. Gaballo.
What to expect from the two legendary fightersGaballo's promoter, Sanman Promotions, verified the news that the World Boxing Council had selected the undefeated fighter. It took a split decision in December against Puerto Rico's Emmanuel Rodriguez to earn temporary status.
It has been arranged by the World Boxing Council that WBC world bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr., “The Filipino Flash” must defend his championship title against unbeaten interim WBC world bantamweight champion Reymart “Assassin” Gaballo.
Donaire, who is 38 years old, brought back his career in May when he took down France's Nordine Oubaali through fourth-round knockout last May in Carson City, California. He's a four-time world champion with a 41-6 record. However, he will face a difficult challenge and formidable opponent in Gaballo, who has not been defeated in 24 fights.
While Gaballo, the pride of Polomolok, Cotabato del Sur, now happens to live in Miami and is mentored by Cuban Osmiri Fernandez, he is the current WBC interim world bantamweight champion. At the end of 2020, he defeated Puerto Rican fighter Emmanuel Rodriguez in Uncasville, Connecticut, by split decision to win the championship.
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